SILCHAR, May 31 � The ban on the sale of tobacco within 100 yards of the elementary schools in the district has already been imposed and the Cachar district health department in association with the district administration has decided to intensify vigil on the sale of tobacco around the schools.
On the sidelines of an awareness rally on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day on Sunday, Dr Ajit Bhattacharjee, sub-divisional medical and health officer of Cachar said that government action must complement the awareness initiatives to root out the use of tobacco by convincing the people of its ill effects. He informed that the Inspector of School of the district has been directed by the government to keep an eye on the sale of tobacco within the specified area around the school and the health department will also assist in the effort.
�We are also making efforts to put a check on the use of tobacco around the schools. If needed, raids will be conducted to catch the violators,� Dr Bhattacharjee said. He added to say that focus is on to check the sale as well as consumption levels of non-smoking tobacco products.
On the other hand, Baranya Das, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Cachar who flagged off the rally informed that an awareness meeting has been organised in association with Adharchand Higher Secondary School Alumni Association and the Cachar Cancer Hospital at the school premises to appeal to the guardians to keep an eye on their children consuming tobacco. He said that the district administration will closely monitor the ban on sale of tobacco around the elementary schools and other educational institutes.
Dr Sudip Jyoti Das, Joint Director of Health Services in-charge of the district also joined the rally. District Media Expert, Suman Choudhury said that representatives of The Greens, Rotary Club of Silchar along with students of Public Higher Secondary School, Adharchand Higher Secondary School joined the rally.